Sound Devices CL-12 Linear Fader Controller for the 6-Series

Sound Devices CL-12 Linear Fader Controller for the 6-Series

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Product Description

Pre-order available now, units begin shipping near the end of October.



"The CL-12 meets a growing demand from production professionals who must make quick transitions between cart and over-the-shoulder applications in a fast-paced production landscape."

Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Managment and Design

Linear Fader Controller for the 6-Series Mixer/Recorder Line

The optional CL-12 linear fader controller significantly expands the mixing capability of the 6-Series mixer/recorder line. The CL-12 attaches directly to any 6-Series mixer via a single USB cable that provides both power and control, making transitions between cart-based setups and over-the-shoulder workflows quick and easy.

The CL-12 will be compatible with the 688, upon shipping. Future support for both the 664 and 633 will follow. With the CL-12, the 688 gains a 3-band parametric equalizer for each of its 12 inputs, shortcut access to SuperSlot™ wireless receiver data (when used with the SL-6), and MixAssist™ auto-mix monitoring.

The CL-12 also includes ports for a USB keyboard connection for efficient metadata entry, remote control via 3rd-party applications (such as Ambient Beetle Bluetooth dongle, Timecode Systems' :wave metadata hub), and for powering an optional USB lamp.

Beautiful Form & Function

The CL-12 comes in two models. The standard CL-12 is designed to be a sleek and durable mixing surface with robust black aluminum side panels. Tactile controls, including illuminated buttons and twelve easy-to-use manual faders, combine with LED metering to improve the whole mixing experience.

In addition to offering everything the standard CL-12 does, the CL-12 Alaia also features incredibly smooth gliding Penny & Giles faders — the best in the industry. Gorgeous custom hardwood side panels also enhance the look of the CL-12 Alaia. Available in either Blonde Maple or Red Mahogany, the panels are handmade by Amish craftsmen specifically for Sound Devices, LLC.

The CL-12 Alaia (pronounced "ah-LIE-ah") is named after the historic, hand-carved wooden surfboards ridden globally pre-20th century, with a recent resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s. The finless longboards were renowned for their flawless design, durability, and longevity.

Dedicated Tactile Controls

The CL-12 features large, backlit transport buttons for record and stop, as well as numerous dedicated buttons for fast access to menus and other key functionality, such as track arming, naming, and routing. Metadata entry is a button press away, and there are buttons for PFL, HPF, phase inversion, COMs and RTNs. There are even three user-definable buttons for flexible customization.

CL-12 Comparison Chart

Not all CL-12 features will be supported by all 6-series models.

Feature 633 664 688
Faders 6 12 12
3-Band Parametric Equalizer -- --
MixAssist Monitoring -- --
L, R, X1, X2 Track Level Control
L, R, X1, X2 Output Level Control -- --
COMs 1 1 2
SuperSlot Access -- --

Key Features

  • 12 100 mm linear input faders (Penny & Giles option with CL-12 Alaia)
  • L, R, X1, X2 level controls with press functionality for input routing
  • 3-band parametric equalizer per channel
  • Large, backlit transport controls (REC and STOP)
  • Numerous dedicated buttons for fast access to menus and key functionality
  • Single USB cable connection for power and control, and quick transition from cart to bag
  • 22-segment LED meters for L, R, X1, X2
  • 7-segment LED pre-fade input meters
  • Limiter LEDs
  • Indicator LEDs for MixAssist activity, Arm, Channel On, and Routing
  • USB Ports for keyboard, lamp, and 3rd-party remote control applications
  • Headphone port for direct audio monitoring from CL-12


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